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The Sugar Camp Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novelby Jennifer Chiaverini
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A week after Uncle Jacob's death, Abel Wright came to pay his respects. Dorothea Granger took him to the grave and stood some distance away while he bowed his head in silent prayer. Then he looked up and said, "I have something to tell you and your folks."
History is thick with secrets in The Sugar Camp Quilt, seventh in the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series from bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini. Set in Creek's Crossing, Pennsylvania, in the years leading up to the Civil War, the story begins with friends and neighbors taking sides in the abolitionist debate, and as events unfold, an extraordinary young heroine passes from innocence to wisdom against the harrowing backdrop of the American struggle over slavery.
A dutiful daughter and niece, Dorothea Granger finds her dreams of furthering her education thwarted by the needs of home. A gifted quilter, she tragically loses her hope chest in a flood. A superior student, she is promoted from pupil to teacher — only to lose her position to the privileged son of a town benefactor. But the ultimate test of her courage and convictions comes with the death of her stern uncle Jacob, who inexplicably had asked Dorothea to stitch him a quilt with four unusual patterns of his own design. After he meets with a violent end, Dorothea discovers that the quilt contains hidden clues to guide runaway slaves along the Underground Railroad. Emboldened by the revelations about her uncle's bravery, Dorothea resolves to continue his dangerous work. Armed with the Sugar Camp Quilt and its mysterious symbols, she must evade slavecatchers and outwit unscrupulous neighbors, embarking upon a heroic journey that allows her to discover her own courage and resourcefulness — unsuspected qualities that may win her the heart of the best man she has ever known.
Told with Jennifer Chiaverini's trademark historical suspense, The Sugar Camp Quilt blends danger, moral courage, romance, and hope into a novel of antebellum America whose lessons resonate with timeless honesty.
"Steeped in rich period detail and gentle romance, this seventh entry...wonderfully captures the courage of the Underground Railroad supporters and the runaways who risked everything to find freedom. Recommended." Library Journal
"Chiaverini's Elm Creek Quilts books...have become classics of their kind." The Dallas Morning News
"Some of the most compelling characters you'll ever want to meet." Green Bay Press Gazette
"Warm and wise, full of quilting lore....One of the beauties of this series is that readers can start at the beginning or jump to the end. Each novel stands alone, while for devoted followers, each new volume is like a visit with old friends." The Advocate (Nashville, Tenn.)
"Imparts a healthy dollop of history in a folksy style, while raising moral questions in a suspenseful narrative." Publishers Weekly
The seventh installment in the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series evokes the strife and passion of America's antebellum period, in a story that blends danger, morality, romance, and hope into a novel that resonates with timeless honesty.
About the Author
Jennifer Chiaverini lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin. In addition to the seven volumes of the Elm Creek Quilts series, she is the author of An Elm Creek Quilts Sampler as well as Elm Creek Quilts and Return to Elm Creek, two collections of quilt projects inspired by the Elm Creek Quilts novels, and is the designer of the Elm Creek Quilts fabric line from Red Rooster fabrics.
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